Carrick Wheelers striving for success in 2015

Carrick Wheeler's evergreen Martin O'Loughlin will be looking for further success in 2015.

Carrick Wheeler's evergreen Martin O'Loughlin will be looking for further success in 2015.

2014 was a very successful year for Carrick Wheelers. Highlights included 15 national medals across all age categories from youth to junior to veteran, a stage win at the International Suir Valley 3 Day and numerous other victories in races from February to September.

Looking to build on a very successful 2014 campaign, the Carrick Wheelers annual riders’ meeting took place on Sunday 15th February 2015.

Aims and objectives were discussed during the meeting with a special emphasis being put on the development of our junior and under-23 riders, including Aaron Kearney, Cathal Purcell, Jack O’Donnell, Mark Bergin, Conor Hennebry and Jamie Blanchfield.

The club is in a very healthy place at the moment with many underage riders coming through our system, a tribute to the annual Faugheen youth league which will take place again in 2015, starting in May.

Main targets for the early part of the year include the Gorey Three Day and Rás Mumhan over Easter and the Kanturk Three Day over the May holiday.

Objectives later in the year include the various national championships and, for juniors, the International Junior Tour of Ireland with the club intent on a strong showing here.

Riders have been busy over the winter preparing for the season ahead and let’s hope that their efforts are amply rewarded.

Unfortunately as of 2015 Carrick Wheelers do not have a sponsor which is limiting our funding and prohibiting opportunities usually offered, particularly to the younger riders. Potential sponsors are encouraged to the Club Chairman, John Dempsey, on The club is grateful to Iverk Produce for their support over the previous three years.

The club expresses its congratulations to its Honorary Vice-President, Sam Bennett, on his win in last week’s Tour of Quatar, let’s hope that it is the first of many throughout 2015.

Jamie Blanchfield

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